Merry Christmas to all of you dear family and friends!!!!

To start off, we want to share a few links. One I found today is the Church History Museum display about the birth of Jesus Christ. This brought back some sweet memories of a family tradition to go and see the lights on Temple Square, which usually included a visit to the Church History/Art Museum to get warm and see the creche displays. This is a sweet short display of paintings and nativities about the Savior’s birth.

https://history.lds.org/exhibit/birth-of-christ?lang=eng&cid=HPFR121214562

Another awesome part of this year’s English Christmas is the 100-year anniversary of the World War 1 Christmas Truce of 1914. Our stake had some telling of it during our Stake Music Fireside last week. Here is the link to the Sainsbury’s (the store across the street where we do most of our shopping) video for the occasion which they did in partnership with the Royal British Legion:

Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas 2014 Ad

And connected with that is the short video about it that the church did, with the BYU Men’s Chorus in the background.:

#peaceispossible

And now for our assortment of photos! The first seven photos are from two visits we made to the Gloucester Cathedral this week, one visit on our p-day and then we went back when our Elder Chantry was transferred out and our new Elder Packer was transferred in. We went to the train station in Gloucester and had a few hours, so we visited this beautiful cathedral. We’ll show more next week and tell about the Harry Potter connection and all. (How’s that for a teaser!)

Digital Camera Digital Camera Digital Camera Digital Camera Digital Camera Digital Camera Digital Camera The next two are from a little nativity at the Yate chapel.

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We went to a lovely concert last week at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, with beautiful choir music,

great audience participation and this lovely statue of Mary just outside the door. We thoroughly enjoyed it!Digital Camera Everywhere we go, we see holly and red berries and I can’t help but break into singing, “The Holly and the Ivy”, and feel Christmasy!  I’ve been doing that since October, so there you go!  Digital Camera Digital Camera

Merry Christmas! We lovely you dearly! Cheerio!

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